Market Street, Wigan14 Comments
Photo: RON HUNT
Item #: 32953
Meeson's Sweet shop used to be there somewhere, a very good shop.
That's Meeson's shop on the left of the picture. I used to pay my mortgage in the office above in the 60s.
That could be Peter and I in our 1940s outfits just passing Meeson's! When I was at school in 1968 we made a Christmas Cake in stages in Domestic Science.....first the rich fruit cake, than the marzipan, then the flat icing, then lastly the decorative icing. We had to have a tin to keep it in and I bought a Quality Street tin from Meeson's, (which is the shop with the two people standing facing the camera). In those days, a quarter of Quality Street was weighed out from the tin into a paper bag, and when the tin was empty it was returned to the manufacturer to be re-filled, so if you wanted an empty tin you had to pay. A friend of mine won't believe that I paid half a crown for the empty tin from Meeson's, (half a crown being a lot of money for a schoolgirl in 1968), but I remember it vividly. I LOVE this photo of Wigan, Ron, and it's one I haven't seen before....Thankyou.
I think it was that one on the corner. And if my memory serves me right wasn’t it buy a 1/4 of sweets and get a 1/4 free?
So clean looking , people 'dressed up' to go shopping even with their pac- a -macs. Shame it's not like that now.
This photo appears in a book I have entitled Memories of Wigan . In the book the photo is more detailed to the left showing the shop next to Meesons and above it the Leeds Permanent Building Society where I suppose Ken refers to paying his mortgage in the 60s.
In the middle60s this place was the trouser bar, selling mostly jeans and flared trousers
I love the storey of your tin, Irene.A happy memory for you.But half a crown for an empty tin was, as they say " daylight robbery " I was working at the time for £6 a week 8 till 5 five days a week.
My great aunt worked for Milady Toffee in Blackpool (Waller and Hartley Ltd). She used to visit us once or twice a year and always brought us tins of Toffee. We accumulated a few tins and mum used to keep bits and pieces in them. They would be worth a few quid now. https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/milady-tin/bn_7024785637?_pgn=2
I think there was a Dentist's on the left, somewhere near where the clock is..
Tuddy, the dentist was John Kelsey. He then moved across the road, the dentist is still there.Next door but one to the New Chippery.But John passed away a few years ago.R.I.P.
That's the one Edna. Was it Prentice before John Kelsey took over?
now they dress up in their nightware to go shopping,tesco's seems to be plagued with various young women shopping in pj's.
Sorry Tuddy I remember the name Prentice, but I don't know if it was there.